Creating an enabling learning the environment at 12,000 Feet: SECMOL alternative institute

Kumar, Avinash (2013) Creating an enabling learning the environment at 12,000 Feet: SECMOL alternative institute. Learning Curve (21). pp. 41-46.

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“While [the children] may not be physically punished...a strong message is communicated to them that if they want to be accepted by the teacher and the society, they have to renounce any allegiance to their home language and culture. [W]hen the message, implicit or "Leave your language and culture at the schoolhouse door" children also leave a central part of who they are, their identities - at the schoolhouse door.”(Cummins, 2001)Even though centuries of living in harsh climatic and geographic conditions with limited resources, has led to the evolution of a Ladakhi culture that deeply values self-sufficiency and environmental sustainability, traditionally, the average Ladakhi child did not have to go through formal schooling. Children learnt in the fields and homes, watching and working alongside their parents, grandparents and neighbours. “The songs and stories of Ladakh’s past would often be passed down orally while this work was being done. [And] each child would grow to become competent enough to build and maintain his or her own house, manage the farm or herd, and meet the family needs...The purpose of education was the preparation of youth for lives of meaningful work and the transmission of Ladakh’s unique culture and values... [and it] allowed stable, prosperous communities to continue meeting their own needs. ” (Mingle, 2010)

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Kumar, Avinash
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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